Academic Curriculum

Academic Curriculum at Queen Ethelburga’s College

QE College builds upon the founding characteristics of Chapter House and King’s Magna.

As a College student you will be curious, keen to play to your strengths and excited by the prospect of an intensive learning experience that will push you to be the best that you can be with the gifts that you have.

Excelling in your academic subjects

A College student never takes the road well-travelled. They are mountaineers who choose the steepest edge but reap the greatest rewards. The school offers a traditional academic route of GCSE and A Level where students are expected to be highly aspirational and make outstanding academic progress.

"Teachers have secure subject knowledge and know how to convey it so that pupils are encouraged to learn. As a result, pupils of all ages readily engage in their lessons and make progress well."


QE College students with awards for super-curricular activities

A school for highly aspirational students who are looking to achieve academic excellence.
Support And Staying On Track

There are three assessment points throughout the year to track progress. Heads of Year and Curriculum Leaders will use the assessment results to ensure students receive the best exam support.

Outside of lessons, there are ‘Study Skills’ sessions, lunchtime or after-school support clinics, and access to 1:1 support with teachers through Microsoft Teams.

  • 194 School competition awards achieved in 2022/2023 for competitions like the Physics Olympiad, UKMT, UK Biology Challenge and the University of Warwick National Scientific Challenge
  • 70% of students participate in a super-curricular activity
  • 84% A*/A grades at A Level in 2023

Key Stage 4 at QE College

Complete half of your GCSE’s in Year 10 and the following in Year 11 through College’s one-year GCSE courses. Year 10 and Year 11 students are taught in integrated classes based on ability and interest in the subject.

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Key Stage 5 at QE College

Push yourself to go further in your A Levels by entering external competitions in your chosen subject and extending your knowledge through super-curricular activities. 

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Super-Curricular Options

Stretch your academic learning by going beyond the national curriculum. Subject activities outside of lessons will offer challenges while building your academic CV.

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QE Study Toolkit

Changing revision from being a chore to a habit; the QE Study Toolkit teaches students how to revise efficiently. 27 students from QE College are revision ambassadors and work with younger students to help them identify revision techniques that work for them.

QE College student performing on stage

Did you know we have another senior school for Key Stage 4 and 5? 

QE Faculty offers a pathway to your future based on your strengths and interests. Faculty offers a wider selection of subjects, with the option to take BTECs as well.

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